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Definition of regenerate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    regenerate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they regenerate
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪt//
     
    he / she / it regenerates
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪts//
     
    past simple regenerated
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle regenerated
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form regenerating
    BrE BrE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdʒenəreɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] regenerate something to make an area, institution, etc. develop and grow strong again The money will be used to regenerate the commercial heart of the town.
  2. 2 [intransitive, transitive] (biology) to grow again; to make something grow again Once destroyed, brain cells do not regenerate. regenerate something/itself If the woodland is left alone, it will regenerate itself in a few years.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin regeneratus ‘created again’, past participle of regenerare, from re- ‘again’ + generare ‘create’. The verb dates from the mid 16th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: regenerate